From Breukelen to Brooklyn – Brooklyn History

Before the Dutch colonists occupied the territory what is now Brooklyn in the early 1600s, it was home to the Canarsie Native American tribe who farmed the land and fished the surrounding waters.

During the following 400 years, Brooklyn’s rural landscape and forests were entirely urbanized to become the Brooklyn that we know today. The borough of Brooklyn is among the most populated areas in America and known for its rich history and diverse culture.

Brooklyn’s impressive history started long before Christopher Columbus set foot on the shores of the New World. The borough of Brooklyn is located at Long Island’s southern tip and besides the Canarsie Native American Tribe, the area was originally also inhabited by American Indians called the Lenape (meaning “the People”) that also included the Nyack Tribe. The Lenape planted and cultivated tobacco and corn and fished in the rivers in the area.

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An Introduction to Brooklyn

Over the past decade, Brooklyn, the most populous of the five New York City boroughs, has become The Place To Be in New York. Brooklyn is where creative, edgy, interesting and amazing things happen.

Fact is that even Manhattanites need to admit that these days, Brooklyn really is the NYC place to be or to be seen. So here we go:

Brooklyn was originally named Breukelen, after a small town in the Netherlands. If Brooklyn would have been an independent city, it would have ranked fourth in America with over 2.6 million residents.

Brooklyn is, in fact, New York City’s most thriving, electric, energetic, and culturally rich area, and the center of Brooklyn’s cultural and creative crescent is found along the East River.

Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Brooklyn Heights, all competing for the label ‘cultural center’ and the actual ‘heart’ of Brooklyn’s hipster scene.

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Fun Runs in Brooklyn

I know it’s not the time of the year yet with our sometimes horrible winter weather. But once spring will be here, get out and back in shape again. So let’s look at some fun runs in Brooklyn.

Prospect Park-The Red hook track run

The Red Hook track run is important for track training. It is a lot shorter than it feels. We run 15th street to Red Hook, come back along Union street, where the group normally disintegrates when crossing 7th avenue. Industrial archeology and brownstone Brooklyn shape this run through near-empty roads.

There’s a full eight-lane 400-meter nearly brand-new rubberized track, just south of Carroll Gardens, just north-west of Park Slope, you can strap on your spikes and burn your lungs out to your pounding heart’s content.

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Brooklyn Acting School Courses

Brooklyn Acting School offers interesting programs for kids of all ages. The programs are focusing on the art of acting and playmaking for children 4-16. Kids will learn basic acting skills as well as what it takes to tell a story on stage.

Students will devise a piece of theatre from creating characters, devising a setting, to inventing dramatic twists and stage-worthy endings over the course of the semester. They will be encouraged to dream up using their imagination guided from idea to inception by their teacher.

In addition to the playmaking portion of the class, kids will exercise their imagination, develop better focus and gain confidence through targeted acting exercises and improv games. At the course’s end, the kids take part in a presentation of the rehearsed play devised by the class.

The school offers a new class for kids 12-16 who are more serious about their acting skills. The class is called Stage & Screen for Teens. In this class, kids will work with various theatre and film/tv scripts to hone their acting technique.

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A Brooklyn Family Place

Family Support and Tutoring Services for Strong Brooklyn Neighborhoods

A Brooklyn Family Place provides tutoring, counseling, and support services for many Brooklyn families-in-need.  The organization helps parents and children navigate the public education system and offers programs that help families – and communities – to be healthier and more economically stable.

The agency’s paramount aim is to empower all of their clients, regardless of gender, racial, economic, or social disadvantage.  A Brooklyn Family Place believes that to overcome inequalities and adversities, individuals must have a strong sense of self-worth and self-ability.  To this end, they focus upon education in family-based programs to strengthen academic, social, and economic accomplishment for the overall health of the Brooklyn neighborhoods.

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Professor Juergen Polle – Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210, Phone:  (718) 951-5000

Brooklyn College (enrollment 17,410 – 2017) is a senior CUNY (City University of New York) college that was founded in 1930 by the Board of Higher Education of New York City.

It started as the Brooklyn branches of Hunter College (a college for females in those days) in cooperation with the City College of New York (a college for men then). When these branches merged, Brooklyn College was New York City’s first public co-educational school for the liberal arts.

Brooklyn College’s campus is renown for its beauty, and the school is often called ‘poor men’s Harvard’ as its tuition is very affordable its academics are highly respected. The school accepts a relatively large number of GED graduates and enhances online GED courses such as the BestGEDClasses practice website.

Dr. Juergen Polle, who joined Brooklyn College in 2002, is a professor in the school’s Department of Biology. In the period early 1997 to late 2002,  Juergen Polle was a postdoc in Berkely, California, at Dr. A. Melis’ laboratory at the University of California.

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Brooklyn – a Walking Tour of South Williamsburg

In this walking tour of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you will be introduced to the Hasidic community that resettled there after World War II, their institutions and way of life.

The tour will first cover general, historically-significant sites and events in South Williamsburg, especially along Broadway. We will then take a stroll down Bedford Avenue, the “millionaire’s row” of the mid-nineteenth century, and examine what’s left of the stately mansions that those millionaires inhabited and how they evolved over the years to suit the needs of Williamsburg’s newest immigrants.

After Bedford Avenue, we will discuss the significance of the Satmar institutions situated on Rodney street and the BQE vicinity. From there we will turn into Lee ave, the main commercial strip of Hasidic Williamsburg, and we will take note of some fascinating Hasidic consumer patterns, some of which are currently in flux.

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Living in Brooklyn or in the City

Living and loving – being a part of the Brooklyn Community

Living in the City or Brooklyn? Which is better? everyone is entitled to their own opinion but the facts remain that according to the stats, Brooklyn has seen a more rapid increase in rental prices, population growth, and overall values.

Why is this, many people ask? many say it is simply because Manhattan just is not affordable anymore or as others put it, there is much more space for your money in Brooklyn – a bigger bang for your buck. Brooklyn is less congested, has more friendly people, a better overall vibe, more authentic creative New York City residents live in Brooklyn… Well, all these factors make that many chose to live in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan.

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City Island

Many folks in Brooklyn have fond memories of City Island. A slip of land just off the “coast” of the Bronx, City Island was – and to some extent still is – the seafood Mecca of New York City. I had never been and neither had my husband. So, on a warm Saturday, not too long ago, we went on a little road trip.

From our place in Brooklyn, it took just about an hour and a half thanks to traffic, but it was easy and quick enough. When I said before that City Island just a “slip of land,” I meant it. It doesn’t get much smaller than this little village.

There is one main street with several smaller ones jutting off of it and none of those streets are any more than about ten houses deep. Every road ends on the water and you get the sense that families have lived in those houses for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.

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How The Cobb Salad Was Born in Brooklyn

The Remarkable Creation of the Cobb Salad!

Well, it starts at our very own Hotel St. George in 1936! The hotel’s world-famous chef, Ennis Shalit (yes, the uncle of beloved movie critic Gene Shalit!) was playin’ around with some leftovers in the kitchen, and he came up with the idea of mixing some meat with some greens!

He liked where this was going, and he topped it off with a vinaigrette-based dressing he had previously concocted for another salad popular at the hotel, The Luscious Lehman (named for the then-governor of New York — unfortunately, the recipe for that specialty has been lost to history, but apparently bacon-wrapped scallops were involved!  Yum!).

Now, ol’ Ennis was a history buff (later in his life, he authored a biography of Willem Verhulst, the second governor of Dutch New Amsterdam), and upon seeing the finished salad, he commented, “Sure tastes good, but it looks like a bloody mess!  It reminds me of Colonel DeKalb after he was bayoneted by the British at the Battle of Camden.”

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